The Aftermath of Sexting

Compromising pictures being leaked can be one of life's most embarrassing moments, especially if you're a teen. Teens who sext often don’t consider the aftermath of sexting.

The Blessings and Curses of Impulsiveness

You've probably done it before, fired off an offensive email, said something you regretted, or did something to you wish you wouldn’t have. You, like many others have probably fallen victim to impulsivity. Yet, there may have been times your impromptu behaviors paid off. The blessings and curses of impulsiveness, how do you strike a balance between the two?

Too Much Homework from a Student/Teacher Perspective

In a given school year, many students spend hours upon hours each night working on school assignments. Add to that work, sports, and extracurricular activities and it’s no wonder we have a lot of stressed out teens.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Extreme Music

Sure, it’s easy to want to blame extreme music for your teen’s behavior, but according to a new study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, it’s not the music’s fault.

Mathematical Woes

For many youth math can be a fearful and an intimidating subject. Unfortunately, the struggle with math can occur at an early age, and unless it's appropriately addressed the fear can travel well into adulthood.

When Old School Just Isn't Cool

When growing up, do you remember when an adult would say something like, "I remember when I was your age..." and then the price of a loaf of bread, or a gallon of milk or gas would come up? Remember thinking how ancient they must have been if bread only cost 25 cents?

Suicide: From Darkness to Light

Odds are you or someone you know has been affected directly or indirectly by suicide. If you know someone who lives in the darkness, or if you are personally struggling to find the light, don't give up hope. No matter how dark life may seem there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Top Teen Driving Distractions

Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the "100 deadliest days" for young drivers. What you need to know before you hand over the keys to your teen.

Peace in a World of Chaos

How do we find peace and live it when so many innocents are the victims? How do we keep anger from setting into our lives because of the unjust actions of others? Now more than ever we need to find peace in our nation—in our world. We need to help our troubled youth find peace amidst chaos.

Top Five Social Media Lessons

There is no way around it, we have all had made social media mistakes. Either we have responded to an email out of frustration, accidentally sent something to the wrong person, or posted something we later regretted. No one is immune to acting impulsively, but doing so online can come with major consequences.

Mom's Watchful Eyes

Did you know that mom’s watchful eyes can encourage more positive behavior behind the wheel?

Desire by False Pretenses

If you have spent any amount of time on the Internet, you have likely run across someone who is presenting a completely false front… claiming to be someone he or she is not.

Homework: An Hour a Day Is All the Experts Say

How much time does your teen spend doing busy school work each night? According to a recent study, if it's more than one hour…then it's too much.

Weighing In... Should Schools Assess Body Mass Index (BMI)?

A second grade girl brings home a letter from her school revealing her BMI scores taken in September 2014 and March 2015. Her scores didn't fall within the "healthy range". So puzzled by the letter, the little girl she got off the bus and asked the troubling question, "Does this mean I’m fat?"

High School and Beyond

As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?

Gangs: Protecting Today’s Youth - Part Two

Many youth who join gangs are looking for a family because they are lacking one at home. A gang is not a family, nor will it ever replace one. A little acceptance, love, compassion, and support can go a long way in deterring youth gang involvement.

Gangs: Protecting Today’s Youth - Part One

Gangs are a problem plaguing our nation. While trends show a steady decrease from the past, gangs are still prevalent in many communities throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, many gangs lure susceptible youth into their ranks leading them down a path of criminal activity, drugs and ultimately destruction.

Understanding Teen Anxiety

Anxiety can leave vulnerable teens feeling and believing that they are destined to live a life of gloom and doom. Can you imagine living your life like that day in and day out? Many anxious youth do...

Teen Sexting

Once sexual photos are released online, they can be easily be shared or leaked. Many teens may buy into the facade that their online activity is private, but no matter how hard they try to convince themselves, in truth, there is no such thing as "online privacy".

Top Five Angry Cartoon Characters

Meet some of the hottest tempered animated characters on television. Each one of these characters has a unique and distinct way of reacting to anger. Some are volatile and others just simply pitch a fit of rage. Regardless of their anger style they all have one thing in common: they could all use some anger management skills.

2015 Awareness Calendar

Happy New Year! The year 2015 is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues. Mark your 2015 calendar with these special dates. It takes one person to make a difference—just think of what thousands can do.

Home for the Holidays: The Big Visit

Exams are over and hundreds of thousands of students are heading home for the holidays! Yes, sleep deprived, hungry, laundry-bearing college students are on their way home to enjoy a nice long winter break. Most of them are looking forward to catching up with friends, ransacking the kitchen, and the best part of all… doing nothing for the next few weeks.

Healthy Teens

Approximately 1/3 of U.S. youth are overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years! There is good news: with the proper nutrition and exercise, teens can help reverse the negative effects of unhealthy habits.

Coping With the Holiday Blues

With the holiday season in full swing, many people are spreading good cheer and off to find that perfect gift. Too often we associate the holidays with being magical, childlike, “merry and bright”, but that is simply not the case for many youth.

Top 10 Stress Busters for Teens

Today’s youth pack a lot into their busy schedule. Is it any wonder why approximately 10% of the adolescent population have an anxiety disorder? Stress can play a toll on a teens mental and physical health. And with semester coming to an end, tis the season of studying, projects, and exams. All of those things combined lead to more stress!

What’s the Purpose of Homework?

Remember the days of sitting in class waiting eagerly for the bell to ring before the teacher said that dreaded word…“homework”? Sighs, rolling eyes and grunts quickly filled the quiet classroom at the mention of “that” word.

Going to the Root of the Problem

We often displace our true emotions, like hurt, and conceal them with anger. So, anger’s not the true culprit, although it’s the one that manifests itself most often. If we get so absorbed in dealing with anger we miss the big picture… We avoid going to the root of the problem.

Helping a Friend Who is Talking About Suicide

Having a friend who is contemplating suicide can be very scary. Your friend may try to swear you to secrecy, but don't make that promise.

Goodbye Summer 2014

As the summer of 2014 is coming to a close, most teens are back into the swing of classes, clubs, athletics, and various extra-curricular events. Many teens are excited to be back in their old routine. Returning to school is a time they get to see their friends, make new ones, and plunge into another great year. To others, the school year is not met with much excitement.

Synthetic Weed and Teens

Throughout the U.S. shiny aluminum and colorful packages line the shelves of many convenience stores. To a normal shopper, these cute cartoon looking packages appear to be potpourri, but to a drug seeking teen they are something entirely different; they are packed full of synthetic marijuana. A dangerous substance that can be potentially fatal to the user.